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An archaeology of political discourse? Evaluating Michel Foucault's explanation and critique of ideology

Howarth, D (2002) 'An archaeology of political discourse? Evaluating Michel Foucault's explanation and critique of ideology.' Political Studies, 50 (1). 117 - 135. ISSN 0032-3217

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Abstract

The resurgence of interest in the concept of ideology and its empirical application neglects the important contribution of Michel Foucault. Despite Foucault's epistemological reservations about the concept of ideology, both his archaeological and genealogical writings develop original approaches to the analysis of concrete ideologies. This article evaluates Foucault's archaeological approach by applying it to the case of Black Consciousness ideology in South Africa. When translated into an appropriate form, archaeology provides a useful set of tools for the analysis of concrete ideologies. However, it should not be taken as a free-standing approach for its employment exposes important methodological and substantive difficulties. Archaeology thus needs to be supplemented by a genealogical investigation of discursive practices and by a post-Marxist theory of hegemony.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Peter Josse
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2015 13:46
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2018 17:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/10305

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